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PolitiFact: Charlie Justice’s ad tying Bill Young to Jack Abramoff is essentially baseless

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In a new Web ad, state Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, comes armed with ominous music and some sloppy Photoshop work to link opponent Rep. C.W. Bill Young with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

But does Justice, who is seeking to unseat the 20-term Pinellas County Republican, have any facts to back up the association?

PolitiFact Florida decided to break down the two-minute ad to find out.

The ad describes “Abramoff Inc.” vs. “Young Inc.,” and spends two minutes drawing parallels between Young and the disgraced lobbyist now serving almost six years in prison on charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy to corrupt public officials.

The video uses Abramoff’s famous fedora as a metaphor for the ties between the two men. A copy of the hat flips off Abramoff’s head and lands on Young’s. We’ll discuss the overall association between Abramoff and Young in a minute. But first, we’ll analyze two of Justice’s specific claims. Continue reading here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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